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Subspecies (The Subspecies Series)

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With Samantha “Sam” Johnson, Dr. Jim White, a 130-year-old Vampire, has the best sex of his life and it’s a shame she had to be his next victim. But she had a surprise for him. As a Lycan, she hunted him as he hunted her. After discovering … see full wiki

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Publisher: MuseItHOT Publishing
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Good mix of hot romance and gritty urban fantasy

  • Nov 21, 2011

Mark Arsuaga’s Subspecies has a pleasingly up-to-date approach to the possibility of paranormal predators in modern American, with definitely gritty, rather than glittery vampires. Hidden in plain sight, these vampires keep their proclivities secret and use the best of technology to make their bite less cruelly horrific. But of course, they do still bite…
Not one for the squeamish, Mark Arsuaga’s novel is straight-forwardly clinical and logical about the needs of man, and not-quite-man. Sexuality is portrayed in intimate detail—intriguingly, most often from a male point of view—and the hunting and preservation of human “meat” would be seriously disturbing if it didn’t appear so natural in the telling.
A fascinating first scene has the vampire tempted and struggling to choose between hunting and seducing his prey, only to discover there are other subspecies out there who might hunt him. There’s a nice mix of lust, hunger and pathos in this tale, making it impossible not to wish the best for these predators. And there’s a wonderful mix of normal and paranormal characters, backed by great world-building and nicely told details. The author times his revelations well, avoiding the temptation to overwhelm readers with the intricacies of vampire and lycan societies. The result is a story that quickly grabs and carries the reader along, suspension of disbelief nicely balanced by well-timed introspection.
A good balance of individual and societal stories makes this a complete and compelling mix of urban fantasy and hot romance, leaving the door open for what will hopefully be a string of enjoyable sequels.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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